Soul Circa 1972

Did you know that Cannonball Adderley picked up his nickname because he ate like a “cannibal”?

If not, check out the new excerpt of a book I've posted:


Date added: 1/28/2015

New Soundalike

Firework, Katy Perry

Shadows of the Night, Pat Benatar


New Soundalike

Just Like Starting Over, John Lennon

Laughing, Guess Who


New Soundalike

She's My Best Friend, Velvet Underground

You Can't Do That, Beatles


New Soundalike

Jack-Ass, Beck

Mother of Pearl, Roxy Music


New Soundalike

Simple Twist of Fate, Bob Dylan

Greatest Discovery, Elton John (1st alb)


New Soundalike

West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys

Bugle Boy, Matt Johnson (Burning Blue Soul)


New Soundalike

Where the River Goes, Stone Temple Pilots

I Feel Love, Donna Summer


New Soundalike

Spiders and Snakes, Jim Stafford

Drift Away, Dobie Gray


New Soundalike

Creep, Radiohead (bridge)

The Air That I Breathe, Hollies


New Soundalike

Thought I Knew You, Matthew Sweet

Losing My Religion, R.E.M.


New Soundalike

Chicken with Its Head Cut Off, Magnetic Fields

Time Passages, Al Stewart


New Soundalike

Power of Love, Luther Vandross

Broken Wings, Mr. Mister


New Soundalike

Burning Out, World at a Glance

Beautiful World, Devo


New Soundalike

Fields of Gold, Sting

Whole Wide World, Wreckless Eric


New Soundalike

Before He Cheats, Carrie Underwood

Dream On, Aerosmith


New Soundalike

Feel the Pain, Dinosaur Jr.

In Between Days, Cure


New Soundalike

Gimme Three Steps, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Jug Band Music, Lovin' Spoonful


New Soundalike

Song for Europe, Roxy Music

While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Beatles


New Soundalike

Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Elton John & Kiki Dee

Soul Deep, Box Tops


New Soundalike

Lazy Love, Desmond Child

Sara Smile, Hall & Oates


New Soundalike

Highway 28, Paul Butterfield

Honky Cat, Elton John


New Soundalike

You Are My Destiny, Paul Anka

Anniversary Song, various


New Soundalike

Summer Song, Chad & Jeremy

Words of Love, Buddy Holly


Credit: Richie Unterberger's allmusic review of the Rushmore soundtrack

New Soundalike

Float On, Modest Mouse

Never, Never, The Assembly (with Feargal Sharkey singing)


New Soundalike

Uncle Wiggly, Supersnazz

Amoeba, Adolescents


New Soundalike

Rock On, David Essex

Jump Into the Fire, Nilsson


Date added: 8/4/2013


Two new wave, two ragtime, and a new wave precursor?

Frustration, Soft Cell, embodies frustration in the disjointedness of the rhythm

Haywire, Aztec Camera, embodies its title in the style of the chorus

Stumbling, Zez Confrey

Kitten on the Keys, Zez Confrey

Here Come the Warm Jets, Eno

Date added: 7/4/2012

That image seems familiar

Date added: 6/24/2012


In 1984 the Smiths dug Sandie Shaw out of the mothballs to do a version of their Hand in Glove. In 1969 she did a song called Heaven Knows I'm Missing Him Now; the Smiths of course did a song called Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

Date added: 6/19/2012

Pronunciation Anomalies

"Miles" as a Two-Syllable Word

Low, Cracker

Synchronicity II, Police

“miles,” in the line “many miles away” pronounced normally first two times it's used; turned into two syllables at the end-of-song repetition of the “many miles away” line

Other pronunciation weirdness in the song is “Scottish lake” to “Scottish loch” back to “Scottish lake”

Older Entry

Annoying pronunciation of the long "i" sound by art punks

The word “migraine,” pronounced “mee-graine” in Natural's Not in It, Gang of Four

“Venus de Milo,” pronounced “de Mee-lo” in Venus de Milo, Television

Northern brits Gang of Four can claim cute, quirky regional exemption, but what's Tom Verlaine's excuse?

Date added: 6/17/2012


Richard Meltzer quote: “A hundred percent of the two best-dressed men at Monterey both up and died. They were … Brian and Jimi”

Eisen, ed., Twenty-minute Fandangos, p. 218

Date added: 5/14/2012

A Friendship Story

As a record collector, I can relate …


A toe-tappin' tribute to Beanie collectors and the fun of shows and friends



Sing along with the names of 87 of Janet's favorite Beanies



A song that expresses the heart of all collectors


4. ONLY BABY 4:35 (The broken hearted guy version)

Beanies gone Nashville. A hilarious look at lost love and the undying faithfulness of Beanies


Extra credit: what 70s classic country song is this a soundalike to? find my email in special_areas:about

5. GONE COLLECTIN' “Janet's Song” 2:37

An upbeat instrumental with a bluegrass feel



Teach your kids the months of the year as they yell out the names of Beanies on the month they were born


7. THE DRIVE THRU “The Teenie Beanie Song” 3:49

Hysterical look at a day in the life of a crazed plush toy collector


8. BEANIE LULLABY “Hearts In Starlight” 3:42

A Beanie lullaby

Keep listening for more Beanie FUN …

ONLY BABY (The broken hearted gal version) 2:52

The female side of the pain-of-lost-love story


GONE COLLECTIN' (Reprise) 1:36

The musicians wouldn't leave the studio until we let them loose on this great tune for a second time


If you haven't been part of the Beanie Baby craze, you must have been spending a lot of time on Mars. There's never been anything like it. So Rooster Records in concert with Six Akimbo, has put together this CD to add to the festivities. We've used 25 musicians and 5 different solo artists. The songs range from lush ballads like In Some Small Way, a song that expresses the heart of all collectors, to The Drive Thru, an hysterical look at a day in the life of a crazed plush-toy collector. We hope you get as much pleasure listening to this album as we got from making it.


I never wanted to collect them

I was only gonna get one or two

But once you get started

They're kinda like a part of you

And I've got twenty dollars

And a couple hundred dollars on top

I just want the cute ones

Then I'm pretty sure I'll stop


Beanie World is calling

Mine are worth more everyday

Buy 'em when you find 'em

Don't let a good deal get away

I could have had worse habits

That's what I'll always say

How much is enough?

How much is enough?

How much is enough?

One more Beanie Baby

Gotta get a Beanie Baby

Gonna do the Beanie Baby Walk

(repeat 3 times)

Pretty in purple

Pretty in blue and green

Colors of nature

Combinations I've never seen

So I'm takin' my daughter

Going to the Beanie Baby show

They've got our favorite

Which one it is we just don't know


And I've got these good friends

And we're walking this Beanie Baby show

There's one next weekend

You can bet that we're gonna go

Cause I've got twenty dollars

And a retired Beanie Baby on top

Come meet some new friends

Maybe we can Beanie Baby swap



Oh, well, yes indeed,

Hello, cowboys and se�oritas

Beanie Ken gonna sing a little song for ya

Help ya learn the names of the Beanies, right here

If you would please sing along

Oh, the Beanie Baby Boogie, let's go

Skip, Dotty, Bones, Inky

Snip, Hissy, Nuts, Iggy

Snort, Jolly Twigs, Baldy

There's Spike, Happy, Waves, Stinky

Crunch, Blacky, Ears, Daisy

Erin, Lucky, Stripes, Patti

Look at the Beanies boogie


Beanie Baby Boogie

Beanie Baby Boogie

Beanie Baby Boogie

Beanie Baby Boogie

Beanie Baby Boogie

Beanie Baby Boogie

Beanie Baby Boogie

Beanie Baby Boogie

Beanie Baby Boogie

All the babies are in the house

Grunt, Lefty, Tusk, Lizzy

Splash, Speedy, Spot, Sparky

There's Flash, Righty, Nip, Ally

Here comes Hool, Kiwi, Trap, Goldie

Rip, Spooky, Stinky, Bucky

Web, Cubbie, Caw, Manny

Look at the Beanies rock


Here comes Fleece, Gracie, Scoop, Scortie

Mage, Chilly, Tank, Humphrey

There's Digger, Bessie, Legs, Pinky

How about Pooch, Doby, Chip, Spunky

Rover, Ziggy, Zip, Tuffy

Mel, Brownie, Waddle, Smoochy

Hey, the Beanies are here


Echo, Curly, Maple, Batty

Blizzard, Pugsly, Mystic, Derby

Peanut, Sly, Ringo, Floppity

Peace, Roary, Putter, Hoppity

And there's a whole gang of bears named Teddy

Cause every Beanie's in the house

REPEAT CHORUS three times


Sometimes small things

Can help me understand

The place I share with all, great and small

My pledge to protect

To love and respect

The precious life this earth has to offer

I hold it


In Some Small Way

I can touch something precious

I can hold something in my hands

That's worth more each day … forever

And in some small way

I can share it with another

I can embrace something priceless

In Some Small Way

Just one small change

In the way we see our world

Can help to make each day, a little better In every way

The little things we share

Can make our hearts and minds, a little better, together


I can see a better place

I can love for both of us

I can see a better place

I can love for both of us



You know it's been a while, dear

Since you broke this heart of mine

But now I've found some new friends

To help me pass the time


They may be just little stuffed critters

But to me they mean alot

Cause my Beanie, Beanie Baby's

The only baby that I got

Those warm and fuzzy feelings

That I once shared with you

I now get from my babies

You've found someone new

Beanie Babies stay true

They don't fuss they don't complain

You'll find your new love

Will only bring you pain


Sometimes when I think about it

You know it doesn't seem right

A little cotton kitty

Close as I'm comin' tonight





HINT: There are many places to find the birthdays of your favorite Beanies. When it comes to the right month, shout out your favorite Beanie of that month's name.

Every Beanie Baby has a special day

You can learn the months in a special way

Listen to the questions and shout the names

It's the Beanie Birthday Sing-Along song

Which Beanie Babies where born in January?

Which Beanie Babies where born in February?

Which Beanie Babies where born in March?

Which Beanie Babies where born in April?

January, February, March and April

Which Beanie Babies where born in May?

Which Beanie Babies where born in June?

Which Beanie Babies where born in July?

Which Beanie Babies where born in August?

January, February, March and April

May, June, July, & August

Which Beanie Babies where born in September?

Which Beanie Babies where born in October?

Which Beanie Babies where born in November?

Which Beanie Babies where born in December?

January, February, March and April

May, June, July, & August

September, October, November, December

Repeat with “Does anybody here have a birthday in ?”


They say there is a limit of one per auto occupant

So I'm hitting every drive-thru in this town

It's the Teenie-Beanie sales promotion,

And it's become my life's devotion

To get all 12 this time around


I've been renting cars and neighbors' Kids,

and putting on disguises

My freezers full of burgers I bought

Just to get the prizes

And I confess I've done it all

There is no trick I haven't tried

What I wouldn't do, what I haven't done

To get a teeny beanie

Meanwhile back at the drive-thru

Father Al speaks

Those squawk boxes are hard to hear

I don't need extra french fries dear

No I don't want the special of the day

I just want a meal to make me happy

A plush toy with a name that's sappy

If that station wagon was just out of my way


Meanwhile back at the drive thru …

The State Patrol

Meanwhile back at the drive thru

Ray the barber


You and your Beanies have had quite a day

Full of fun and full of play

Gather your Beanie friends around

Close your eyes, lay your head down


And a star shines down on you and me

Wherever life may find us

When you look and see the twinkling sky

You'll remember you and me

Our hearts in starlight

Hearts in starlight

And you ask me what it means

This star inside the heart

It means I'm with you everywhere

Together and apart


As the years go by and you have grown

And we are apart

You will always know I'm with you

The star inside your heart


All songs written by Six Akimbo

A Friendship Story

The Gone Collectin story began when Ken, a musician, decided to write a song for his friend, Janet, who is an avid Beanie collector. One song soon led to another. When she heard his songs, Janet said, “If other people love collecting as much as I do, they'll love these songs.” Ken asked his friends in the music business to help him produce a professional Beanie album for Janet and collectors everywhere.

Date added: 5/6/2012

Groups Who You Might Not Expect to Use Harmonica, but Do

Thomas Dolby, Europa and the Pirate Twins (at the beginning)

Earlier entries

The Cure

(last song on Boys Don't Cry)

Black Sabbath

Tangerine Dream

Song refers to another song

Today I Met the Boy I'm Going to Marry, Darlene Love, refers to Here Comes the Bride

A Quiet Place, Garnett Mimms and the Enchanters, mentions Sweet Adeline

Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun, Julie Brown (not Downtown Julie Brown), mentions Evergreen

Date added: 4/29/2012


What's with David Bowie and mandolins* and wildness?:

“and the hangman plays the mandolin”

The Wild-Eyed Boy from Freecloud

“I hear the sound of mandolins”

Wild Is the Wind

in the latter, Bowie's wild mandolin obsession drove him to cover the Johnny Mathis tune

*or Rod Stewart for that matter: Mandolin Wind and mandolin use in Maggie May and Gasoline Alley


Who's a better guitar player, Neal Schon or Craig Chaquico?

Two Pairs of Songs by Nat King Cole



The Ruby and the Pearl

The Sand and the Sea

Alliterative Keyboardists

Herbie Hancock

Chick Corea

Date added: 4/22/2012

I Steal Briethaupts' Category: Catchphrases, Buzzwords

I'm a fan of the late 70s and early 70s books by the Briethaupt brothers. (I posted a couple excerpts here.) The early 70s book has a list of songs using buzzwords. Their list includes Do Your Thing, Isaac Hayes; If It Feels Good, Do It, Ian Lloyd & Stories; Love Means (You Never Have to Say You're Sorry), Sounds of Sunshine. Getting common expressions wrong, as Sounds of Sunshine have done here, is another category on this site: here, here, and here

We've Got to Get Ourselves Together, Delaney & Bonnie

Gonna Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse, Jimmy Helms

no doubt inspired by the Godfather, as the next entry was inspired by the Terminator II

“hasta la vista, baby,” in Looking for a New Love, Jody Watley

“don't want to tell you how to run your scene,” in Rock & Roll Crazies, Stephen Stills

Keep On Truckin', Eddie Kendricks

“different strokes for different folks,” in Everyday People, Sly & the Family Stone

Precursors to Pavement, song titling dept

Three titles on the album Restrictions, by Cactus:

Tokin' Chokin'

Guiltless Glider

Bag Drag

Nicely Complex Grammar (in Song Title)

Could I've Been So Blind, Black Crowes

My existence led by confusion boats: Absolutely Almost Fabulously Famous Counting Cameron's Blue Jack Black Kurt Russell's daughter Sheryl Terrier Cars Crows Crowes

Date added: 4/15/2012

Noteworthy song title

Please Be Somewhere Tonight, Pezband

Noteworthy lyrics, not necessarily good

“Take a chance you stupid ho”

What Are You Waiting For?, Gwen Stefani

not sure, but I think she's addressing herself, which would go into a category I've got some stuff for, Self-Loathing: A Theme from the 90s On

Earlier entries

“We were so close /

There was no room /

We bled inside each other's wounds”

Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) – Melanie

Mungo Jerry's “In the Summertime” presciently anticipates the problem of drunk driving (“Have a drink, have a drive”), Melanie's “bleeding inside each other's wounds” anticipates the problem of AIDS

“There's a flame from the stack /

And that smoke's a blowin' black as coal”

Six Days on the Road – Dave Dudley

the pre-pc confessions of an air polluter

Date added: 4/6/2012

Weather Metaphors Gone Awry

Sandman, America

“He flies the sky like an eagle in the eye /

Of a hurricane that's abandoned”

call Triple A

Men's Names, Yo La Tengo

Tom Courtenay

Barnaby, Hardly Working


They Don't Know, Tracey Ullman, was written by Kirsty MacColl


Bobby Womack wrote Breezin', George Benson


Dinosaur Jr.'s greatest hits alb is called Ear-Bleeding Country


Kylie Minogue covered Give Me Just a Little More Time

Date added: 4/1/2012

Obscure Metal Bands

Unholy Stench

Listless Awakening

Surprise for the Fortune Teller

Prepped for Damnation

Triplets of Goats

Outrageously Heinous

Hot-Rods of Doom

Praying for Burial


Concrete Pillories

Measured Remnants

Date added: 3/24/2012

Tribute Quotes


Here Comes the Hotstepper, Ini Kamoze, quotes Land of a Thousand Dances, Wilson Pickett and others

Burning Farm, Shonen Knife, quotes Land of a Thousand Dances


Power, Lipps Inc., quotes Venus, Shocking Blue, “he's got it, yeah baby, he's got it” [changes gender]


Did Bananarama get the idea to cover Venus from this?

I doubt it

Ground Level, Stereo MCs, quotes Really Saying Something, Bananarama (the MCs' quote is of a Bananarama vocal element that's not in the Velvelettes' version)

Hitchin' a Ride, Vanity Fare, quotes Venus, Shocking Blue

Venus, Shocking Blue quotes Money, Barrett Strong; also Shocking Blue pronounces “goddess” as “godness,” revealing Dutchness?

Radiation, Suicide, quotes Money (more Suicide below)

Sympathy (first Stones)

Mad Cyril, Happy Mondays, quotes Sympathy for the Devil, Rolling Stones

Never Coming Down Again (Part 1), Spacehog, quotes Sympathy for the Devil, Rolling Stones

Funk #49, James Gang, quotes Sympathy for the Devil, Rolling Stones

Second Stones

Lose to Live, Strawberry Alarm Clock (alb w/Incense and Peppermints), tribute quotes Satisfaction, Rolling Stones

Let Me, Paul Revere & the Raiders, quotes Satisfaction, Rolling Stones

(sound file to come)

Third Stone

Antiworld, Nina Hagen, quotes Third Stone from the Sun, Jimi Hendrix

Dance with the Devil, Cozy Powell, quotes Third Stone from the Sun, Jimi Hendrix

Baby, Please Don't Go, Amboy Dukes, quotes Third Stone from the Sun

Fourth Stone? what papa was ...

Bite the Hand, ABC, quotes Papa Was a Rollin' Stone, Temptations

Papas (& Mamas) and Monkees and Beach Boys

Good Thing, Paul Revere & The Raiders has a Beach Boys tribute section


This one's crazy. My original note said there was Beach Boys and Monkees, but now I don't see Monkees (maybe at beginning). But in this clip, there's a little Mamas & the Papas moment at 0:12 - 0:16, then Beach Boys at 0:22 - 0:28, followed by something fairly close to the Who's Substitute guitar riff

Golden Age of Leather, Blue Oyster Cult, quotes Good Vibrations, Beach Boys

British Invasion

Southside Girl, Don Dixon, quotes Needles and Pins, Searchers

Push It, Salt n Pepa, quotes You Really Got Me, Kinks


Believe Me, Stories, quotes Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin

Ride the Sky, Lucifer's Friend, quotes Immigrant Song, Led Zeppelin

When I first made this note, I assumed without checking that the Lucifer's Friend was later, but a friend informed me that, in fact, it's one of the canonical Jimmy Page rip-offs

don't have it, but it's at @0:58 in this youtube video:

Sex Pistol-Whipped

The Return of Jackie and Judy, Ramones, quotes Pretty Vacant, Sex Pistols

Lexicon Devil, Germs, quotes EMI, Sex Pistols

And the Rest

Serious, Talk Talk, quotes The Court of the Crimson King, King Crimson


I wish there were more tribute quotes of songs like this

That's the Way (I Like It), KC & the Sunshine Band quotes Funky Stuff, Kool & the Gang, at end

Hit the Floor, Earthquake, quotes Born to Be Wild, Steppenwolf, at least

Share That Beat of Love, C+C Music Factory, quotes Rock with You, Michael Jackson

Demons Are Real, Guided by Voices, quotes I Want You/She's So Heavy, Beatles, or is it Cheap Trick's Downed?, which itself quotes Dear Prudence

Sofa (of My Lethargy), Supergrass, quotes Norwegian Wood, Beatles

Pretty in Pink, Psychedelic Furs, organ flourish gets close to famous Al Kooper part in in Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan

Pretty in Pink, Psychedelic Furs, riff is pretty similar to Girl of My Dreams, Bram Tchaikovsky, though it would probably be a regular soundalike, rather than a tribute

No Tears Tonight, Murray Attaway (gone solo lead singer of Guadalcanal Diary), quotes Girl of My Dreams, Bram Tchaikovsky

A Groove of Love (What's This Thing Called Love), C+C Music Factory, quotes Tom's Diner, Suzanne Vega

Tom's Diner, Suzanne Vega, itself quotes Popcorn, by Hot Butter

Bad Wisdom, Suzanne Vega, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot

Bizarre Love Triangle, New Order, quotes AEIOU-sometimes-Y, Ebn Ozn

The Film of My Love, 10cc is rewrite/alt-universe of Can't Help Falling in Love, Elvis Presley

Halo of Flies, Alice Cooper, quotes My Favorite Things, Julie Andrews

(to come)

Leaving Las Vegas, Sheryl Crow, quotes The Joker, Steve Miller

Tell Her Tonight, Franz Ferdinand, section sounds like the Turtles

Slider, T-Rex, quotes Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher, Jackie Wilson

Dark of the Matinee, Franz Ferdinand, quotes Hava Nagila

Last Train to Heaven, Urge Overkill, tribute/rewrite of I Wanna Be Your Dog, Stooges

Male Anxiety, in My Early Radio

“All the time you know she's smilin' /

You'll be on your knees tomorrow,”

Do It Again, Steely Dan

Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot

Date added: 4/4/2011


It Takes People Like You to Make People Like Me, Buck Owens

Coasters Go to Walgreens

Ain't It Sanitary? (also in vocab)

Deodorant Song

Love Potion #9

yes, it's mainly a Clovers song (the other Leiber/Stoller group with “C”), but the Coasters did it too

Lazy Lyrics

Third-Rate Romance, Amazing Rhythm Aces

He came back with the key /

She said, “give it to me /

And I'll unlock the door”

Recommended Sean Paul

Get Busy


At Least One Version Flips the Two Phrases

Most versions of Roll On Buddy say,

“If you knew what I know, you wouldn't roll so slow”

vs., one version at least that says,

“You wouldn't roll so slow, if you knew what I know”

Title flip

One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer, Amos Milburn

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, John Lee Hooker


Since posting this, I saw this song used in Glee (ugh), and they used Bourbon first, which caused me to haul from the memory banks that George Thorogood did this song and he put Bourbon first. (I assume Thorogood's version is what got the song on Glee.) Did Thorogood put Bourbon first because of J. L. Hooker?, or because of some other Bourbon-putting-first version? Inquiring minds want to know.

Date added: 3/21/2011

My existence led by confusion boats


Holly St. James, on a Kent R&B comp

Holly & the Italians, alb, seen but not bought

Holly George or Holly St. George or Holly George Warren, writer

"Run" Song Web

An appetizer, two Run Boy deep voice country songs …

Run, Boy, Run, Lee Hazelwood

Run Boy, Don Gibson

… leads into the Run Run Run group of songs. Two of them are on Nuggets comps. (I wondered, would either of them be covers of the Who, or of VU; or maybe the VU was some garage rock thing from Lou Reed's garage rock days?) Turns out they're all different. There's also a Supremes song, which I haven't included because it wasn't part of my initial speculation. (The Gestures and the Supremes have commas.) Run Red Run, by the Coasters thrown in for good measure.

Run Run Run, The Third Rail (first Nuggets)

Run, Run, Run, The Gestures (later Nuggets)

Run Run Run, Velvet Underground

Run Run Run, The Who

Run Run Run, Jo Jo Gunne,

Run Red Run, The Coasters

Band Names

Trip Shakespeare, Thelonious Monster – for a long time, when I would see a record by one, wouldn't immediately be able to think of the name of the other group (6/11/2011 add: throw in Trotsky Icepick – just saw them mentioned on Christgau's site)

Band Names "Webs"

Morphine, Codeine, Coil, Come, Cell, Cake, Sloan, Smog, Shellac, Sublime

Konk (from Christgau's 80s list), Kong, Korn, Pond, Tool, Members, Membranes, Melvins, Rammstein, Helvet, Helmet, Helium, Unsane, Unrest, Beat Happening

Bud Harper, Roy Harper, Ben Harper, (Led Zeppelin's Hats Off to (Roy) Harper)

Mumps, Muffs, Scruffs (power pop), Stills, Shins, Shirts, Shoes

Belly, Breeders, Echobelly, Elastica, Veruca Salt, Velocity Girl, the Vels, Belle Stars

Cat Heads, Fetchin' Bones, Pushtwangers (female)

Modern English, Modern Romance

Ben Vaughn (Combo), Ben Folds (Five)

Michael Hedges, Michael Hurley

Cornershop, Chapterhouse, Easterhouse, Sparklehorse

Fleet Foxes, Fiery Furnaces, Friendly Fires

Lush, Luna

Birthday Party, Wedding Present

Buffalo Tom, Grant Lee Buffalo

Fotomaker, Jim Photoglo, Randy Vanwarmer

Material Issue, Miracle Legion

Animotion, Alphaville, Dramarama

Cannanes, Spinanes

Letters to Cleo, Death Cab for Cutie (prepositions and (nick?)names with “C”)

Roni Size, Labi Siffre, Maxi Priest

Doctor Web

Doctor Rock, Ween

Calling Dr. Love, Kiss

Dr. Love, First Choice

Doctor's Orders, Carol Douglas

Date added: 11/8/2010

Mando Pages: Awesome number

John Duffy and the classic lineup of the Country Gentlemen, doing a tune I haven't been able to find out much about

This discgraphy says it may first have been the b-side of the Starday 1963 single of Copper Kettle, and then appeared also on Yesterday and Today, Vol. 3 (Rebel)

Date added: 10/25/2010

Stalking Used to Be Romantic

Who Wouldn't Be Jealous of You? (1928)

(Larry Shay - Haven Gillespie - George Frommel)

Who wouldn't be jealous of a girl like you and

Who wouldn't be watching everything you do

I'm on my toes, for goodness knows

When you go out you're marvelous hard to doubt but hard to trust

Who wouldn't be hanging round your neighbourhood

On the Street Where You Live

And oh, the towering feeling just to know somehow you are near

The overpowering feeling that any second you may suddenly appear

People stop and stare, they don't bother me

For there's nowhere else on earth that I would rather be

Let the time go by, I won't care …

Date added: 7/23/2010

Widely Disparate Same-Title Songs

Dancing with Tears in My Eyes



Mama Said



Date added: 7/2/2010

New Soundalike

Since You Been Gone, Rainbow

Reelin' in the Years, Steely Dan

New Soundalike

Did I Hear You Say You Love Me, Stevie Wonder (Hotter Than July)

Fool for the City, Foghat

New Soundalike

Too High, Stevie Wonder (1973)

Humpty Dumpty, Joy of Cooking (1971?)

bassline; both are also similar to Wack Wack, Young Holt Unlimited


New Soundalike

The Flame, Cheap Trick

Nature's Way, Spirit

New Soundalike

Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd

Almost Independence Day, Van Morrison

New Soundalike

Fly Like an Eagle, Steve Miller Band

Grandma's Hands, Bill Withers


(oops. I think I did the wrong parts of these songs. Will remove this note when new version done)

New Soundalike

Breakfast in America, Supertramp

You're a Very Lovely Woman, The Merry-Go-Round

Date added: 6/6/2010

Two-Song Medleys

Superwoman/Where Were You When I Needed You, Stevie Wonder

Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, Elton John

Iron Horse/Born to Lose, Motorhead

City of Gold/Fly by Night Lady, Head East

Peace Frog/Blue Sunday, Doors

Date added: 5/2/2010

Earlier entries

Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen – Santana

Fallin' In and Out of Love with You/Amie – Pure Prairie League

Livin' Lovin' Maid/Heartbreaker – Led Zeppelin

This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide – The Kings

No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature – Guess Who

Prelude/Nothing to Hide – Spirit

Five Songs Called ...

Candy Man, Mississippi John Hurt

Candy Man, Roy Orbison

Candy Man, Grateful Dead

Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr.

Candy Man, Sweathog

Date added: 4/27/2010

New Soundalike

Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne (1980)

Y.M.C.A., Village People (1978)

Date added: 4/4/2010

TV Stars on Record

All's I can say is beware ye who enter LL's Smooth Talker

I might have put up only that mp3, but for the fact that someone involved with the Hagman track got the idea from Janis Ian to use the word “debentures.” There is a percentage in that kind of jive

Side 1

Dreamin', John Schneider

Ballad Of The Good Luck Charm, Larry Hagman

If You Want To Come Home, Lisa Hartman

Are You Lonesome Tonight, John Schneider & Jill Michaels

Smooth Talker, Lorenzo Lamas

Side 2

Fools Like Me, Lorenzo Lamas

Walk Away, Lisa Hartman

It's Now Or Never, John Schneider

My Favorite Sins, Larry Hagman

Do You Love Me, David Hasselhoff

Portmanteau Songs

In which the song title is an internally referenced song (portmanteau probably doesn't mean this)

New Entry

Oh Yeah, Roxy Music – “they're playin' Oh Yeah on the radio”

Earlier Entries

Tennessee Waltz, Patti Page

Kentucky Waltz, Bill Monroe

Truck Drivin' Man, George Hamilton IV

Charmingly Clumsy Lyric

“won't somebody stop and help a guy?”

Hitchin' a Ride, Vanity Fare

“a guy?” – you mean, you? you want me to help . . . you?

Date Added: 3/27/2010

You: Listen to These Records

Pressure Cooking, Labelle

I once heard Brian Bosworth of the 1985-86 champion Chicago Bears say his football playing was the equivalent of Eddie Van Halen's guitar playing; Patti Labelle's singing is the human-voice equivalent

Best Mandolin Album, Ever

Date Added: 3/21/2010

New Soundalike

A Muse, All

Of Wolf and Man, Metallica

You: Listen to These Records

A Pair of Paradoxes

harmony all the way through

slow-build thriller

Date Added: 3/13/2010

Cryptic Soul Song Titles

New Entry

I'll Kill a Brick about My Man, Hot Sauce

Date Added: 3/1/2010

Older Entries

One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, Honeycone

Written by Joe Tex

One Chain Don't Make No Prison, Four Tops


Why did Pearl Jam do a song called Even Flow?

Date Added: 2/24/2010

Girls Talk, VU Style

Lisa Says

Candy Says

Stephanie Says

Date Added: 2/20/2010

Pronunciation Anomalies

Da Doo Ron Ron, by the Crystals, is as it's printed, but the sound of the record is De Doo Run Run

“It's like trying to tell a stranger 'bout a rock and roll” – is there more than one rock and roll to tell the stranger about, or does the enormity of the task of telling someone about rock and roll for the first time elicit a pause (“about, uh, rock and roll”)?

Do You Believe in Magic, Lovin' Spoonful

“grandmas sit in chairs and rem-o-nice” – long o sound

The Beat Goes On, Sonny & Cher

“only you can-d-make”

Only You, Platters

“I'll meet you at your house at a quarter to height” – he means eight but for some reason says “hate”

Baby We've Got a Date (Rock It Baby), Bob Marley

“don't dizgard me”

Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Elton John

I'm not the only one who noticed: Christgau: “Yes, I hate the way he says 'don't dizgard me' too”


Date Added: 2/15/2010


Is the La's the start of Britpop?

Songs with Duck Sounds

Birdman of Alkatrash, Strawberry Alarm Clock (b-side of Incense and Peppermints)

Date Added: 2/9/2010

Back Up and Push Rubber Dolly

A fiddle tune can have more than one title, or two titles refer to two tunes that are very similar. Examples are: Lost Indian (how it's known on most recordings) and Cherokee Shuffle (how it seems to be known to fiddlers I meet); College Hornpipe, aka Sailor's Hornpipe (the “Popeye theme”)

From four great mandolinists, these are four versions of the same tune, with two titles – Back Up and Push, and Rubber Dolly (the Jethro Burns is Back (It) Up and Push)

Not much about Paul Buskirk appears to be on the Internet, but Deke Dickerson recently put up a youtube of Buskirk in a movie, and he's put up some other great pickin'

Back It Up and Push - Jethro Burns

Back Up and Push - Bill Monroe

front cover

back cover

Rubber Dolly - Paul Buskirk

Rubber Dolly - Red Rector

And, here is an unrelated tune, Step It Up and Go - Maddox Brothers and Rose

Date Added: 2/7/2010

Keyboard parts that go like this

Confusion – New Order

AEIOU Sometimes Y – Ebn Ozn

IOU – Freeez

Remember What You Like – Jenny Burton

Gross, or unpleasant to visualize, lyrics

“There's a killer on the road / His brain is squirmin' like a toad”

Riders on the Storm, Doors

“She'll rock you in the night-time till your skin turns red”

Witchy Woman, Eagles

Date Added: 2/2/2010

Impossible to sing to oneself

When I Grow Up to Be a Man, Beach Boys

Date added: 1/26/2010

Quotes and facts from Punk on 45, Gavin Walsh

“TRB's [Tom Robinson Band's] 1977 debut '2-4-6-8 Motorway' sounded like Status Quo with a middle class vocalist” (p. 99)

Wm: Really?!?!

Nipple Erectors (later Nips) vocalist Shane O'Hooligan, later reverted to orig name McGowan

Riff Raff member Billy Bragg – early 2nd wave UK punk

Poly Styrene's orig name is Marion Elliott

Tom Miller & Richard Meyers – Tom Verlaine & Richard Hell

Stuart Goddard – Adam Ant

Henry Padovani is the guitarist whom Andy Summers replaced in the early Police

Wm: a CD comp I have called Lost Hits has a band called the Flying Padovanis, song Piu in Alto

“The US assimilation of punk rock would not take place until the early 1990s, when its championing by Nirvana would inject some …”

The quote “are we not men?” is from the SF movie The Island of Lost Souls

The Corpse Grinders, w/ex-New York Doll Arthur Kane and Rick Rivets

New York: The Shirts were melodic power pop, as were the Criminals, led by ex-New York Doll, Sylvain Sylvain

“Nina Hagen ['s] … main claim to involvement with punk rock seemed to stem from her Siouxsie-ish application of mascara. In reality, she was a young acolyte of the European bohemian/post-hippie scene, who enjoyed a close relationship with Dutch junkie rocker Herman Brood”

Ruzan Pamean, “I Mlad” (Serbian), not the first punk group from that region, is “indicative of the post-punk sound subsequently epitomised by Joy Division.”

Pistols Cook and Jones joined Thin Lizzy on the Greedies' Christmas song “A Merry Jingle” (Greedies, formerly known as the Greedy Bastards)

Spizz Energi: “Where's Captain Kirk?”

Look into band: Kleenex

Look into band: Skids (Into the Valley – what does it sound like? what style is it?)

Look into band: Swell Maps

Rezillos changed name to Revillos to escape a bad contract

Monochrome Set (is in Group Name, Song Title – are they ex-members of Adam and the Ants?)

Date added: 1/21/2010

New Sound Files for Earlier Items

Old Days – Chicago (1975)

I'm Your Captain – Grand Funk Railroad (1970)


I love this one. The swirling string section is also in Love's Theme by Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra from 1973

Primal Scream – Motley Crue (not putting in umlaut)

Shake Your Body – Jacksons

Don't Look Back in Anger – Oasis

Pretty Flamingo – Rod Stewart (tribute cover of) Manfred Mann

“so Sally can wait” – Oasis

“Some sweet day” – Rod Stewart


Elsewhere, the Oasis song has a guitar section just like the guitar in Rod Stewart's Tonight's the Night (a many-songed title)

Wonderwall – Oasis

Take Me to the Pilot – Elton John

“but I don't know ho-o-ow” – Oasis

[leads into …] “Take me to the pilot” – Elton John


Wonderwall – Oasis

Sandman – America

“And all the roads we have to walk are winding” – Oasis

“Cos I understand you been runnin' from the man (that goes by the name of the sandman)” – America


Come Out and Play – Offspring

Runaway Boys – Stray Cats

“you're under 18 you won't be doing any ti-ee-ime [time]” – Offspring

“you're only 15 and can't get a job” – Stray Cats


Date added: 1/17/2010

Most obstrusive drum part

The Mountain's High, Dick & Dee Dee

Money, Flying Lizards

Date added: 9/6/2009

New Soundalike - from a reader

Mercy – Duffy

Home By The Sea – Genesis

play soundalike clip

Reader Ross contributed this clip and says: “The rhythm, downbeat baseline and base drum, the percussive keyboard, and even some of the repetitive intro vocal melody are quite clearly the same.”

Thanks Ross. A reasonably strong soundalike (how'd you know Genesis was my favorite band in high school?)

And why not rip off Phil Collins's rhythm/drum sound? “In the Air Tonight” would fall into a category on this site which is unique-sounding songs, in the Performance, delivery section.

Though I'm a big fan of Phil Collins's drumming, he (and Genesis) are not technically heroes of this site, but I can't resist posting his collaboration with Russ Ballard (songwriter) and Abba's Anni-Frid Lyngstad, since Russ Ballard and Abba ARE heroes of this site.

(Collins was the drummer/producer of this epic collaboration, and Daryl Stuermer, Genesis's touring guitarist played guitar. Owing to the high degree of overlap between Genesis fan-dom and computer nerds, there's A LOT of information about Genesis on the internet.)

And I'll post Phil Collins's amazing drum freakout in the second half of Nuclear Burn from Brand X's first album Unorthodox Behavior. Brand X was a fusion band side project of Collins's. The first album is outstanding, and the second album too had a lot of great moments.

New Soundalikes

Tighter, Tighter – Alive & Kicking

Your Saving Grace – Steve Miller Band

play soundalike clip

the intros of these sound the same

(this is just an excuse to mention this superb Steve Miller Band song, written and sung by drummer Tim Davis. The main part of the song chugs along, and then that trippy breakdown)

1979 – Smashing Pumpkins

Harborcoat – R.E.M

“she … don't even try” – Smashing Pumpkins

“she's … comin' from the harborcoat” – R.E.M.

Date Added: 3/25/2008


Other than that it's obvious, why do a lot of songs about jail have a homosexual undercurrent?, the ready example: “Jailhouse Rock”, but also “Rubber Bullets” (10cc) (rubber? effeminate singing).

What's paradoxical about “Me and Mrs. Jones”? Mrs. Jones isn't Mrs. Jones's real name

New Sound Files for Earlier Items

Here are some items from earlier that didn't have sound files

"Goony" singing style

Highwire – Linda Carr

play Highwire-LindaCarr-EDIT.MP3

My mother used to say, “so and so is goony” or “don't be goony,” which expresses well the way Carr pronounces “highwire,” essentially as “how are you.”


“Nice and Slow” Jesse Green from double cd Let's Go Disco has Herb Alpert-style horn fills, sublime

play NiceAndSlow-JesseGreen-EDIT.MP3

Strange refrain in lyrics

Stop Alternating – Vulgar Boatmen

play Stop-Alternating-VulgarBoatmen-EDIT.MP3

In addition to the refrain, “stop alternatin,” this song uses the word “vacillation.” This is the only song by this group I know (I have it on a promotional comp), but I like it.

Date Added: 8/15/2007

Stuff from readers

I got a major spike in traffic on this site a couple weeks ago, with the Avril Lavigne-Rubinoos controversy.*

My site got linked to from a story on the subject, and in addition to the traffic I got some nice e-mails from readers.

How do I add stuff to your website, Eye Eee, bands named after that last name of the “talent” ………… Travers (Randy Travers), Winger (Kip Winger), Vandenberg (Adrien VandenBerg), Montrose (Ronnie Montrose). Or Brothers ……… why art thou????………. Nelson ……… Van Halen. etc????

Wm's comments: Good categories

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you're mishearing a Bob Seger lyric.

He's actually saying: she had been born with a face that Would let her get her way

Completely changes it, right?

I think this might be a new category for you – the Lyric I was Hearing Is Better than the Actual Lyric

Wm's comments: This reader really groks what I'm doing here

I don't see these two on your list, and I am amazed by the similarity of the two. Track #8 in Fuel's Natural Selection album, “Most of All” and U2's “With or Without You.” Almost exactly the same at the beginning. Just thought you might find it interesting.

Wm's comments: I've been a moderate fan of U2 since the beginning. I knew “I Will Follow” and got my favorite alb of theirs, October, when it came out. However, I'm quite dismayed by how pervasive U2's influence has been. In a trend growing since the 80s, so many bands (important and un) sing like Bono, or the guitar is like the Edge, or both. In copying U2, are these bands doing themselves, us (we) any favors?

“The Only One I Know” Charlatans UK 1990 rips off “Midnight Rider” Allman Brothers Band 1970

Wm's comment: In terms of finding something to rip off, one could do a lot worse. Didn't know Charlatans song, nor Charlatans at all. (confusable with Chameleons?) Listened to this song, didn't hear Allman Bros. The main “riff/groove” of Charl. song is same as Deep Purple's Hush (& the Joe South orig.) – probably what was meant

“Songs with simulated sex sounds” category. “Love is a social disease” by Bon Jovi has a intro full of moaning and groaning. I think it was on their 3rd or 4th album

Songs that have sex sounds: “Do Me Baby” by Prince and “Drive” by Melissa Ferrick. Also Corey Hart's song, “It Ain't Enough”: “it ain't enough for you” sounds like “that enema for you,” which is kinda funny when it keeps repeating.

*I do know the Rubinoos song (don't have though, have only second alb), did recognize the similarity when I first heard the Avril Lavigne track

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, err, the Psychedelic Furs

Lyrical tics

“Stupid” is, like, the Psychedelic Furs' favorite adjective. Below are the “stupid”-containing songs and lines, all from the first album


'Stupid on the carpet floor'

'Stupid on the carpet floor'

'This is for the discotheque / This is stupid I object'


'Stupid on a steinway'

'The radio upon the floor / Is stupid, it plays Aznavour'

'Even dreams must fall to rules / So stupidly'


'Sail upon the stupid sea'

'Parties for our stupid friends'

'We will live our stupid dream'

'Flowers for our stupid friends'

'Parties for our stupid friends'

'We will live our stupid dream'


'We are so stupid, we all dream'


'And out of him came stupid light'

What do these lyrics mean?

“Paint me like the shirt I'm in”

Sister Europe – Psychedelic Furs

What's up with the blue cars in "We Love You"?

'I'm in love with your blue cars'

. . .

'Love is just a car like you'

'That turns so blue and turns so blue'

'No blue cars will run my world'

Date Added: 10/31/2006

Confusing lyrics that use the word "confusing"

I Want to Tell You – Beatles

“So if you think that I'm unkind / It's only me and not my mind . . . [long pause makes you think a new line is starting] that is confusing things.” I always thought there was an error. I thought the idea involved a full stop, as in, “So if you think that I'm unkind, it's only me and not my mind. That is a confusing thing.” I thought it was a misspeak in which Harrison wrongly pluralized “things.” Recording a song in the midst of a rewrite, or reshaping of the lyrics, is not unprecedented. In Killer Queen, Queen was moving between “fastidious and precise” and “meticulous and precise” and wound up with the nonexistent word, “mesticulous.”

New Soundalike

Urban Guerilla – Hawkwind

Search & Destroy – Iggy & the Stooges

Is it possible this is a real rip-off?

By extension ...

Put a Little Love in Me – Delegation

“I was sent here to ask you to put a little love in me”

Date Added: 1/1/2006

People I get confused (honk if you do too)

Doo-wop white singer cluster

Jay Black, (name changed from David Blatt), big-voiced, white singer of Jay & The Americans, a 50s-60s bridging group. Black replaced group-founder singer John “Jay” Traynor who sang “She Cried.” Jay Black sang the group's biggest song “Come a Little Bit Closer” and also “Cara Mia”

Johnny Maestro (& The Crests) (& The Brooklyn Bridge), big-voiced, white singer. Maestro also bridged the 50s-60s in these two groups, singing “Sixteen Candles” and “Step by Step” for the Crests and “The Worst That Could Happen” for the Brooklyn Bridge.

The 50s hits of these groups are typical simplistic teen songs, whereas their 60s entries “Come a Little Bit Closer” and “The Worst That Could Happen” are high-concept lyrically ambitious songs. Also I can't keep the two straight when they appear on oldies revival PBS shows.

Date Added: 12/27/2005

Songs with simulated (we hope) sex sounds


Lazy Lagoon – Anjali

From Real Fidelity comp.

Songs with bad grammar

Misc grammar problems

Don't Make the Same Mistake as I Did – Johnny Kidd

Date Added: 12/16/2005

A long time in the rehearsal studio

Hearts of Stone – Charms

Repetitions of “no” = 14, in two different places = 28

Ain't No Sunshine – Bill Withers

Repetitions of “I know” = 24

Ain't No Sunshine – Al Jarreau

Repetitions of “I know” = ?, probably 24 like Bill Withers's

Satisfaction – Devo

Repetitions of “baby” = 32

I'll let a commenter (hello, are you out there?) do Nobody But Me by the Human Beinz

Date Added: 12/6/2005

Songs where they speak French in them

Psycho Killer – Talking Heads

Credit: Thanks, Colin

Date Added: 12/4/2005

In which a common phrase is (annoyingly) misused

Little Red Book by Love (and Manfred Mann, written by Bacharach & David); the common expression is “little black book.”

Songs with chicken sounds in them

Cissy Strut – The Meters

Late '70s early '80s reggae pervasiveness

(What a) Wonderful World – Bryan Ferry

Actually has a calypso element, with steel drums

Date Added: 11/14/2005

Analysis of lyrics: Plush, Stone Temple Pilots

One of the reasons I wanted to do this site was that years ago I would go on the Internet looking to see that others shared my perplexed dismay verging into alarm that the lyrics of this song are “I believe when the dogs do smell her, will she smell alone.” (Not to mention being ungrammatical in a few ways.)

When searching several years ago for explanations/interpretations of this song the best I could come up with was fansites where the Leslie Fiedlers of their time decided it was “a song Scott Weiland wrote about his girlfriend.” Yeah, it was commonplace in 90s relationships to sic a pack of dogs on your girlfriend so they could smell whether she'd really “been alone,” as she so innocently claimed. (And how were the dogs supposed to communicate their findings to Scott?)

I'm pleased to report, though, that since my original research (did I say that was 4 or 5 years ago?), the level of discourse on the Web has risen. In the entries below I found at there's some mention of the dogs.


he could be refering to his freinds in the song, for when he sings when the dogs do find her he could mean when his friends do find her. Also when he sings the times a wasted go he could mean hangin with his freinds doing nothing.

This song is about “hooking up”

I think that this song is about sex. When he sings “and I feel times a wasted go - where ya going to tomorrow”. It's like he is saying - Why waste time, lets get together tomorrow. Then “I see that these are lies to come - would you even care”. He is saying that he already knows that this affair will end badly, but who cares? Cuz “I feel it”. I think the referral to dogs smelling her is sexual, like dogs sniffing for a partner. Then “I think that so much depends on the weather, so is it raining in your bedroom”. It is like he is saying let's not make small talk about the weather, lets get to your bedroom.

–Linda A.S.W.

thoughts of a serial killer?

perfect example of killer (no pun intended) music w/unnerving lyrics. irony rules here: musically upbeat/driving, but lyrically dark. great metaphors going on: wasted/wasting time; eyes of disarray; mask (one you wear for others or society; one that others or society wear(s);and one you don't even know you have on) = hints of serial killer mentality; dogs/smell/find her/alone? = victim/possibly multiples. whoa - maybe too much CSI/Cold Case Files? but also could be just a protest against society/status quo = why look forward to tomorrow when everything is fake and a lie? sorta like the Eagles' Hotel California: either a sinister song about satanic rituals or about the decadence of Hollywood.

And there's a veritable Algonquin Round Table going on at

Date Added: 11/10/2005

Younger Brothers' Bands

AC/DC (Angus Young)

Easybeats, Flash and the Pan (George Young)

.38 Special (Donnie Van Zant)

Lynyrd Skynyrd (Ronnie Van Zant)

Fabulous Thunderbirds (Jimmie Vaughan)

Stevie Ray Vaughan

I know, easy, but so what?

Album covers that say "Play this album loud" or some variation

Hot Tuna, America's Choice: “Warning: This album to be played at full volume for maximum effect”

On the front of the album, no less (great cover by the way)

Under-utilized Lyrical Subject Matter

“Got a funky walk / In his little orthopedic shoes

Rockin' Roll Baby – Stylistics

A Backwards-Detective Soundalike Story

Oh Let the Sun Shine In – Pebbles (?), on The Flintstones

Silver Bell – Doc Williams

Country Song Idea

A Bad Time Was Had by All

New Soundalikes

Fast as You Can – Dwight Yoakam

Ballad of John and Yoko – Beatles

play soundalike clip

Joe's Garage – Frank Zappa

Mexican Shuffle – Herb Alpert

some U2 song –

slow song on side 1 of Black Sabbath 4

The Way – Fastball

Delilah – Tom Jones

play soundalike clip

The Way – Fastball

It Would Take a Strong Strong Man – Rick Astley

play soundalike clip

Date Added: 11/1/2005

New Soundalikes

Bad Wisdom – Suzanne Vega

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot

Space Truckin' – Deep Purple

Down on the Street – Stooges

Soul Finger – Bar-Kays, others

Lucille – Little Richard

Little Richard: “Please come back where you belong”

More Than a Feeling – Boston

Words – Bee Gees

“It's only words, and words are all I have / to take your heart away”

leads into high, squeaky guitar part of More, right before the descending thing, coming out of the verse

Have you heard?

Wind Beneath My Wings – Gladys Knight & The Pips (1983)

Wind Beneath My Wings – Lee Greenwood (1984)

To go in Covers

In which a common phrase is (annoyingly) misused

“You've Got Another Thing Comin'” Judas Priest. (also to go in Song Titles) The common expression is “you've got another think coming,” not thing.

Possible R&B influence on early reggae

Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth – Jimmy Reed

(If You Cry) True Love, True Love – Drifters

Reed from tape, Drifters from Pomus & Shuman comp

Weak insults

Big Boss Man – Jimmy Reed

“You ain't so big, you just talk that's all”

that may be, but I can still fire your sorry ass

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Hope Neil Young will remember / A southern man don't need him round anyhow”

After having the whole ethos, history, and self-image of southerners hung out to dry by Neil Young in “Southern Man” the best comeback the self-appointed defenders of the south's virtue can come up with is the equivalent of “yeah, well nuts to you too”

Talkin' blues

In the grand tradition of the Talkin Blues that Dylan made several of, imitating Woody Guthrie, and just for good measure, one by Woody himself

Radar Blues – Coleman Wilson

play mp3

Talking Dust Bowl Blues – Woody Guthrie

play mp3

Things we may recognize only subliminally

Steve Perry's solo hit title rhymes with his last name: “Oh Sherrie”

Hipgnosis album covers that are mostly white: Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here; Led Zeppelin, Presence

Band where a (somewhat) bad-voiced singer dominates or gets more play relative to a better-voiced singing member of the group

Or, at least, there's some kind of discrepancy between singers and how much “play” they get in the group


Okay, Difford's voice is admittedly inferior, so he can't legitimately claim 50/50 but he should get more than one per album or one per side. I like his voice and think it's interesting. I'm sure there's even kneejerk contrarians out there who would say his voice is superior to Tilbrook's

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